Posted On 29. März 2016 By In Music, Reviews With 1057 Views

LIRR – Ritual

A whirring guitar, then a second guitar and all of a sudden bass and drums crash in. It may not sound like the reinvention of the wheel, but LIRR are different and Ritual is a strong statement. Emo and Germany have had a difficult relationship at times. While the US is full of new bands playing basement shows, releasing music through mini labels and working in a tight knit community, Germany hasn’t been that fazed. Don’t get me wrong, there are always a couple of bands that wave the emo flag and they do a pretty good job at that (think about Sleep Kit, Rollergirls, Morla) but LIRR from Flensburg don’t necessarily sound like them.

Their four track debut EP Ritual reminds me of metal infused mid-2000s heavyweights like Underoath or Saosin, then atmospheric and noisey breaks remind me of old school screamo (think Orchid in melodic) and there are also post-rock sprinkles in there. On top of that Lirr even throw in some indie nonchalance (Tongue). It is hard to describe without referencing the many influences that go so well together. In Germany Visions magazine has drawn comparisons to Moose Blood or Dikembe, but these are too narrow for me. Lirr create their own identity by brewing up their own cup of heavy, yet melodic songs. The four songs are a promising sign of craftsmanship, talent, emotions and a great attitude. If more bands would be able to follow in those footsteps I’d be pretty happy. So come on German bands, take notice of Lirr and get cracking!

Rituals by Lirr is out April 1st via Through Love Records.
Make sure to pick up a copy here.

Header image taken from LIRR/Facebook

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From the beginning to the end, I will see this through. This has grown from a blog about the music I love to something bigger and I will keep looking for the great stuff out there. Keep the great music coming!